As someone who joined the Company in the year 2000 by redemption as a result of my now more than 30 years in the Footwear business, I am delighted with the progress the Company has made recently in supporting the industry. I very much intend to continue this good work, by forming stronger and more diverse links with the footwear sector despite the hard financial times affecting everyone currently.
The adoption of the Governance Review recommendations has given us a clear path to modernising the operation of the business side of the Company. I will work to support and coordinate the talented team who are charged with running the operational committees. In particular, I will work to coordinate efforts to strengthen the financial position of the company, as without the monetary resources underpinning them our aims of going good and having fun will be constrained.
Although the social calendar for the first part of the year may be somewhat modified, I am looking forward to taking part in as many and varied events as I can, and to representing the Company throughout the Livery and the City of London.
Outside footwear (I am still Chairman of Start-rite children’s shoes) I am a National Leader of Governance supporting primary schools in Norfolk and am also a trustee of the local Norfolk Big C cancer charity. My wife Angelique and I live just outside Norwich, and we have three children and four grandchildren all of whom live locally to us.